Compadrazgo, a Spanish word that literally translates to

co-fatherhood”, is based on a kinship ritual that is formed after a child gets baptized into the Roman Catholic faith.

For the predominantly Catholic and close-knit Philippine society, the go

dfather (known as the padrino) is part of one’s extended family and is expected to h

elp and protect his godchild. The godchild is expected to respect and be loyal to the padrino.

Bapakism is derived from the Indonesian word for “father”. When used

in Indonesian business, bapakism demands great respect and obedience to one’s supe

rior. The manager in his role as the company’s bapak is expected to look after and care for his employees.

Although Asian values are steeped in an ancient culture and tradition, it was

only in the 1990s that this concept drew global attention. This was partly due to Asian lead

ers like the late Singaporean prime minister Lee Kuan Yew’s and current Malaysian Pri

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In the 1980s, the share of the US in the world econ

omy was more than 20 percent; in the past four decades, it has steadily

declined to 15 percent. At the same time, China’s share (in purchasing powe

r parity terms) has soared from 5 percent to about 20 percent. While the PPP indicators inflate the

pace of progress, the trend lines do herald a coming structural shift in the world economy.

China can foster the share of developing nations

In the future, the well-being of the advanced economies will de

pend on the rising living standards in less-wealthy nati

ons. And just as US leadership supported the role of the advanced countries in the 20th century world, Ch

ina has the potential to foster the share of emerging and developing countries in the 21st century.

In particular, the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative can redirect domestic overcapacity and ca

pital for regional infrastructure development to improve trade and relations with Southeast and So

uth Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe-even across the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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We believe that with the passing of time and the sy

nergy of all parties, Belt and Road cooperation will definitely become deep and concrete, steady and extensive,” the report said.

“The Belt and Road will become a road of peace, prosperity, opening up, green development, innovatio

n, connected civilizations, and clean government. It wi

ll make economic globalization become more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial to all.”

China will improve its oversight of human related scientific research and medic

al tests under draft laws and amendments submitted to China’s top legislature for review on Saturday.

Medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos mi

ght present risks to health or violate ethics, and they must be strictly regulated therefore, said She

n Chunyao, senior legislator of the Constitution and Law Committee of the National People’s Congress.

A new item has been added to the country’s draft civil law, requiring that all

medical and scientific research related to human genes and embryos must f

ollow strict rules, laws and regulations, and should not pose a threat to people’s health or violate moral or ethical codes.

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The fans have done well to find Free Sound, for it i

is a shoebox of a shop tucked away in a small alley in downtown Beijing. And those who do find it will qui

ckly be disabused of the quaint notion that old-style phonographic recordings have gone the way of the dinosaur.

nstead the 100-square-meter shop prides itself on being an independent distributor of vinyl records and other musical recordings.

In the basement Yang greets his fans, who have already bought the new album, either as vinyls or cassettes.

“I am impressed by the cover design of the new album,” says a rou

nd-faced young man with black-framed glasses. “It’s usually the first reason for me to buy an album.”

The experimental cover design of P.K 14’s latest album is a depart

ure from its previous use of paintings or photographs and was completed b

y the band’s drummer, Jonathan Leijonhufvud, along with two other designers and YVMIN Studio, a Beijing outfit that handled the 3D vi

sual aspects. Playing with the illusion and contrast of true and false, the cover is a 3D rendering layered on top of an im

age. The two overlap, adding dynamism to the experiment, reflecting the way the band’s 11 new songs are structured.

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He said that based on the research of national legislator

China produces more than 80 million tons of hazardous waste per year, instead of the official figure of 40 million tons.

Therefore, the total capacity for hazardous waste treatment in the country is insufficient, according to Wang.

The utilization rate of the capacity for hazardous waste dispo

sal also remains low. According to data that the Ministry of Ecology a

nd Environment provided to the NPC Standing Committee in 2017, only about 25 percent of China’s capacity was

in full operation and data from other sources also shows low utilization rates, Wang said.

“Some enterprises have failed to build sound systems for hazardous waste manageme

nt as required, or failed to implement them,” Wang said, adding that some companies had turned a blind eye to loo

pholes in the production process that could result in hazardous waste leakage.

In one case, Baoxun Precision Screws Co Ltd in Zhejiang province was found to have dumped about 1,072 tons of hazardou

s sludge into the Yangtze River in Anhui and Jiangsu provinces from July 2016 to May 2017.

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Environment officers detected benzene concentrations i

the air of 2.04 milligrams per cubic meter at a monitoring point 1 kilometer downwin

d from the explosion site at 10 am on Wednesday, a level about 17.5 times more than the national standard.

But at 10 am on Thursday and Friday, the benzene concentration at the same point was w

ithin the standard, according to the Ecology and Environment Department of Jiangsu.

While many human mothers pay big money for nannies to take care of their children, female golden snub-nosed monk

eys are happy to mother each other’s offspring, according to a new study by Chinese scientists.

What’s more, the practice has effectively saved the species from e

xtinction, according to the study recently published in the journal Science Advances.

Nearly 90 percent of golden snub-nosed monkey infants evaluated

over five years in Shennongjia National Park in Hubei province were nursed by their biological mot

hers and other females, usually relatives of the biological mothers such as grandmothers or aunts.

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Finance Minister Liu Kun said at a forum on Sunday tha

t the government plans to accelerate local government bond issuance this year. “We are tryi

ng to complete the issuance of the new bond quota of 3.08 trillion yuan by the end of September.”

“We will urge local governments to inject funds into projects quickl

y in order to stabilize investment and expand domestic demand,” said Liu.

In the first two months, issued local government bonds totaled at 782.1 billion yuan. Among this, 326.1 bil

lion yuan was raised through special purpose bonds, a type just like United States municipal bonds, the ministry said.

hina will further facilitate foreign enterprises’ venture ca

pital investments in Chinese companies, said Premier Li Keqiang at the Boao Forum for Asia on Thursday.

The country will also improve the regulations on foreign investors’ strategic invest

ment in mainland-listed companies as well as on their mergers and acquisitions with domestic enterprises.

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Cyclone Idai: Fears for 500,000 people as 90% of Mozambiqu

  Fears are growing for more than 500,000 people in the Mozambique city of Beira, after a

id agency officials warned that 90% of the area had been “destroyed” by Cyclone Idai.

  The cyclone slammed into the southeast African country as a high-end Category 2 storm with 175 kph (110 mph winds) at midn

ight Thursday, causing widespread devastation, before moving inland into Zimbabwe and Malawi.

  In an address on national radio Monday, Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi warned that while the official death toll

stood at 84, “everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead.”

  Nyusi described seeing “bodies floating” in the water after two rivers broke their banks “wiping out entire vil

lages ” and isolating others. “It’s a real humanitarian disaster of large proportions,” said Nyusi.

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More than 41 percent of children and teenagers who sleep

too little use electronic devices such as computer tablets and mobile phones, the survey fou

nd, and youths whose parents use smartphones in front of them are more likely to have less sleep.

Other factors, such as noise and light pollution, contributed to the problem, the report said.

The survey also indicated that good sleep results in higher efficiency in study. Students who sleep longer generally fini

sh homework in two and three hours per day, while those who sleep less require four to six hours.

Gao Xuemei, vice-president of the society, said studies have shown that decreasing sle

eping time for children and teenagers has been a global trend in the past 10 years, but the problem appears to be

worse in East Asia, including China, largely due to a heavier load of school homework.

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arlier on Saturday, Ardern said the country’s gun law woul

  Earlier on Saturday, Ardern said the country’s gun law would be changed.

  She spoke to the public at 4:00 pm local time. She said: “This is one of New Zealand’s darkest days. My thoughts are with Christchurch.”

  ”It is an unprecedented violence in New Zealand. There is no place for such extreme violence in New Zealand.”

  ”Our gun law will be changed,” said Ardern, noting that the killers had a legitimate gun license.

  Five guns were discovered, two of which were semi-automatic guns, she said.

  Other weapons and firearms were also retrieved by the police after the attacks on Friday.

  Police Commissioner Mike Bush told another press conference that his top priority wa

s on public safety across New Zealand and was supporting the victims and staff involved.

  ”The investigation into the intelligence failures is also a priority,” Bush said.

  The police chief was joined by representatives from the agencies working on t

he ground — Victim’s Support, City Council, Civil Defence, Fire and Emergency and the Defence Force.

  Bush acknowledged the bravery of the public, police officers and emergency responders.

  He said the arrest took 36 minutes from the first emergency call.

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